January 11, 2012 Subject:
July 1966 In Vietnam
AN KHE - CHEO REO - Here at Camp Radcliffe, base of the 1st Cavalry Division, technicians are testing more lightweight command communications systems. (Signage: Communications Platoon HHC 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile The Voice Behind The Black Horse.) The new systems weigh only 150 lbs, rather than the 600 lbs of the the present systems. Known as the AN/ARC-122, it consists of 2 radios AM/VRC-46 transmitters and an intercom. The range is 24-32 KM. The helicopter's S3 Officer receives the signals from the Artillery Officer and relays them to the helicopter pilot via the intercom. Many helicopter interior shots and aerial view of Camp Radcliffe. An operation is going to begin and the helicopter crew spots a suspected Viet Cong village in the area. The artillery crew on the ground is contacted via their PRC-25 radiotelephone and the information relayed. The howitzer goes into action. At the landing zone more helicopters arrive with 1st Cavalry soldiers. In the air the artillery officer can control the fire via the new lightweight equipment. On the ground, the troops move through thick jungle en route to the village. Tunnels are found and searched. The men go back to the LZ where they are picked up.
SAIGON - VUNG TAU - The heliport at Tan Son Nhut Airbase handles a high volume of traffic. A control traffic mobile van (on a 2 1/2 ton truck) provides traffic control. Shots of helicopters landing. There is a generator shop at this air base. All size generators are handled here. At Vung Tau air base the airfield is used by both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Shots of control tower and planes taxiing.
SAIGON - The C.O. of the Army's ports transportation command, Col Aronson, stands on a boat on the water and talks about his mission. Aerial shots of ships on a river and Saigon port. They use cranes, forklifts, barges, light truck, heavy trucks etc in their duties. Ammo cargo is handled differently. The Saigon port is not safe at night; it is VC controlled.
CAM RAHN BAY - Dock construction continues here. A De Long pier is being built. Shots of engineers at work.
WASHINGTON DC - Only July 11, 1966 at the Pentagon, a ceremony was held for the newly-created Sergeant Major of the Army. William O. Wooldridge will represent the enlisted man. Trooping the colors and a 19 gun salute. The Old Guard 3rd Infantry participate in colonial dress. Woodridge is sworn in and his family watches.
WIESBADEN-FRUEDENBERG, GERMANY - sharpshooters from all over the world have arrived for the 39th contest of the World Shooting Championship. High-ranking Army officers attended. Shots of US and Soviet teams. Shots of women's trap shooting. Men and women small bore pistol and rifle matches.